Kate Upton — UNREAL Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Leaks to Web

Kate Upton Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover

The secret is out … and so is the RIDICULOUSLY SMOKIN” HOT photo … Kate Upton has been awarded the prestigious title of 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover girl.

has learned … a few of the issues arrived early to a gas station in Michigan … and the pics are already making the rounds at breakneck speed. Props to @willdefries for the heads up.

S.I. was originally scheduled to announce the cover girl and reveal the cover shot at an event tonight … but now, the cat is out of the bag.

We called S.I. about the early release … but reps for the mag had no comment.